beat off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybeat off
he/she/itbeats off
present participlebeating off
past tensebeat off
past participlebeaten off
  1. 2
    to prevent someone from physically attacking you by hitting them with your hands or with an object

    He had to beat the dogs off with a stick.

See also main entry: beat